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· MELITA, Merith, now Malta, an
ANECDOTES. island in the Mediterranean sea, distinguished in the New Tes- One of the most renowned tament by the shipwreck of St. philosophers and statesmen of Paul, Acts xxviii. The inbabit- this age, Dr. Benjamin Franklin, ants, who spoke in an African informs us, that all the good he dialect, (Bae Begou received the ever did to his country or man. crew with great humanity. They kind, he owed to a small book kindled a fire, on account of the which he accidentally met with, constant rain (Qisuta); but when entitled, “Essays to do good," the apostle was laying on a bun- in several sermons from Gal. vi. de of sticks, which he had gath- 10. “ As we have, therefore, ered, a very venomous viper opportunity, let us do good unto Emera) roused by the flames all men, especially unto them came out, and twisted itself round who are of the household of his arm (xocante.) The islanders faith." These sermons were Dow thought themselves wit- written by Dr. Cotton Mather, a Desses of Divine vengeance de- very able and pious minister of nuanding that justice, which the the gospel in Boston. “ This waves had failed to execute ; but little book," he says," he studied the apostle shook off the animal in- with care and attention ; laid up to the fire, and felt no hurt. They the sentiments in his memory, then passed to another extreme, and resolved from that time, (prabanaopesvou) and took him to which was in his early youth, be a god. The reader will find that he would make doing good the best description of Malta in the great purpose and business Nieburh's travels through the of his life.” Lerant, and Brydone's Letters cn Sicily and Malta. I have on- ARCHBISHOP Williams, in the ly this to add, that although no close of life, said to a friend of serpents are now found in Malta, his, “I have passed through there can be no reason to sus- many places of honour and trust, pect St. Luke's relation ; for the both in church and state ; more island consists of a chalky rock, than any of my order in England, of which, at present, no spot re- these seventy years before ; yet, mains uncultivated. In the were I but assured, that, by my same manner of late in some of preaching, I had converted but the West India islands, serpents one soul to God, I should take hase been tolally extirpated by therein more true joy and comthe extent of cultivation, having fort, than in all the honours and thereby lost all places of retreat. offices which have been bestowed The saying of the inhabitants, upon me.” Fuller's Church Histhat serpents, which are brought tory. B. II. f1. 228. hither cannot live, is a fable. The petrified substances com- The celebrated Dr. Manton monly called vipers' tongues, was appointed on a public occa. which are found in the soiter siou to preach before the Lord hills, are nothing else than the Mayor and Aldermen of Lon. teeth of fish.
don. His sermon was learned,
ingenious, and elegant. As he she found, that she had no use was returning home, a plain old for her Bible there : and, on gentleman pulled him by the coming away, said to a friend, “I coat, and desired to speak to him. should have left my Bible at The doctor stopt, and the stran- home to day, and have brought ger thus addressed him. “I was my dictionary. The
Doctor one of your auditory to day. I does not deal in Scripture, but in went to be fed with the gospel, such learned words and phrases,
usual ; but have returned as require the help of an interempty. Dr. Manton was not preter, to render them intelligiDr. Manton this morning. ble." There was, indeed, much of the Doctor, of the florid and learned The pious and learned Mr. man, in the discourse ; but little Halyburton, Professor of Divinior nothing of Jesus Christ : it ty in the University of St. Anwas, in short, no sermon to me.” drews, being asked, when a " Sir,” answered the Doctor, “ if young man, by an aged minister, I have not preached to you, you if ever he sought the blessing of have now preached a good ser- God on his studies, ingenuously mon to me : such as, I trust, I acknowledged that he did not. shall never forget, but be the bet- « Sir,” said the minister, with an ter for, as long as I live.” austere look," unsanctified learn
ing has done much mischief to A GENTLEWOMAN went one the church of God.” These day to hear Dr. preach, and words made a deep impression as usual, carried a pocket Bible on his mind, and from that time with her, that she might turn to he looked up to God for his any of the passages the preacher assistance and blessing in the imight happen to refer to. But prosecution of his studies.
Review of New Publications.
Memoirs of eminently pious wo- the name ought to be as concise
men, who were ornaments 10 as possible. Let the finished their sex, blessings to their fam. works of ancient or modern times ilies, and edifying examples to be consulted. None of them the church and world. Abridg- justify the prolixity, with which ed from the large work of Dr. a Gothic custom has lately disGibbons, London. By DANIEL figured title pages. DANA. pp.396, 12mo, New- The judicious author of this bury port. A. March. 1803. abridgment points out the gen
eral design and utility of the This title page is unfortunate work in his concise, well written ly encumbered with a part of that, preface, which, with a few omiswhich constitutes the matter of
sions, is here quoted. a preface. Authors forget that
Of Biography he says, the design of a title page is to “ No species of writing seems so give a name to the book, and that happily calculated at once to inforn
the mind, to improve the taste, and ** The Memoirs of eminently pious "to meliorate the heart. By exhibiting women, by Dr.GIBBONS, furnish much goodness in an alluring, but practica- valuable instruction of this kind. ble form ; by presenting excellence Many of the characters exhibited are ectually attained, with the various of the first order. Nor is it an unmeans and steps of its acquisition; it important circumstance to find emi, furnishes us with some of the best nent piety recommended, in so many. possible excitements to be what we instances, by the embellishments of ought to be.
genius, learning, and rank. Yet cer. « In one point of view, the deline- tain obvious infelicities attached to the Rtion of eminent Christian characters work, seem much calculated to obappears peculiarly interesting. It af- struct its circulation and usefulness. fords a striking evidence at once of To remedy these infelicities, has been the divinity of the Scriptures, and the the aim of the editor of the present transcendent excellence of the reli. volume. He has connected the nar. gion which they inculcate. The best rative, compressed the style, and, vindication of this religion results from without omitting what seemed impora display of its nature and genuine ef. tant, curtailed a variety of redundant fects.
and uninteresting matter. In a few “ With great propriety it has been instances, distinct and independent remarked, that those lives which de- accounts of the same life have been serve mort to be had in remembrance, incorporated ; a change equally con are most easily recorded, and consist of ducive to conciseness and perspicu. feuest articles. The memorials of ex. ity. In others, where the materials cellent and exemplary women
for profitable history were obviously therefore peculiarly worthy of atten. scanty, it was deemed best to pre. tion for the very reasons, for which sent, without ornament or circumlo. they are sometimes undervalued. cution, the few traits which could be Though generally uniform in their collected. Such are the principal tenor, barren of incident, and of course means, by which he has endeavoured little calculated to gratify mere cua
to transfuse into a moderate duodeci. riosity, yet these are the lives which mo volume, the essence of two copi. afford the most solid and valuable in ous octavos.” struction ; instruction which comes This volume, thus handsomely home to the bosoms of all, and which
introduced by the editor, delinepeculiarly addresses us amid our humbler occupations and more retired
ates the lives of the following Icenes.
persons, of distinguished rank “The importance of women in eve. and piety, viz. ry civilized society, their ascendence Lady Jane Grey, Queen Cath. over the other sex, and influence in arine Parr, Jane Queen of Naforming its character are generally
varre, Mary Queen of G. Britain, confessed, but can scarce be adequate. ly appreciated. If this influence ex- Lady Mary Vere, Countess of tended only to the periods of infancy Suffolk, Lady Mary Armync, and childhood, it would be a most Lady Elizabeth Langham, Counbomentous affair ; especially taken
tess of Warwick, Lady Elizabeth in connexion with the peculiar oppor. tunities for its exertion. But it oper
Brooke, Miss Margaret Andrews, ates with even an increased force, in
Lady Alice Lucy, Lady Margathe succeeding stages, and ceases not, ret Houghton, Miss Ann Baybut with life...It is of incalculable im
nard, Lady Frances Hobart, Laportance that those, who thus give
dy Catharine Courtew, Lady the tone of sentiments and manners to their species, should be themselves Cutts, Mrs. Anne Askewe, Mrs. correct. Nor can a greater service Jane Ratcliffe, Mrs. Catharine be done to society, than to present Bretterg, Lady Rachel Russell, them with models by which their own
Mrs. Elizabeth Burnet, Mrs. Elle characters may with safety and advantage be formed.
zabeth Bury, Mrs. Elizabeth Vol. II. No. 1.
We have seen one volume of devotedness to the cause of God; the original work by Dr. Gibo and the same cheerful, unreserve BONS. After attending to that, ed acquiescence in his will. We we are ready to bestow high en- see them all thinking, speaking eomiums on the abridgment, and acting as children of the and on the judgment, taste, and same Parent, disciples of the pious design and diligence of its
same Master, seekers of the saine author. We shall attempt to recountry, and heirs of the
ine commend this work to the atten- glory. tion of the Christian public by This volume clearly shows, pointing out some of the pecu- that the most elevated condition of liar benefits, which it tends to life, the most noble birth, shining produce, and which every care- talents, and honourable connexions, ful, devout reader of it may hope furnish no safeguard against cato experience.
temity, but rather expose to triThis book is a fit companion of als unusually severe, and to sorour retired hours. It may with
roves deeper than mortals compropriety be admitted inío the
monly feel. Who that reads the closet, and used as an aid to pi- history of these exalted characous meditation, and an excite- ters, and surveys the cares which ment to devotion. Properly used, oppressed, the dangers which it would contribute much to the threatened, and the grief which peculiar delight and advantage of almost overwhelmed them, can religious retirement.
envy their exalted situation ? Ii happily displays the sameness At the same time we are here of evangelical religion. Here we
taught to admire the grace of see that the diversity, which ap- God, which secures persons from pears in the external circum
the numerous temptations of stances of believers, does not al. high life, and enables them to ter the nature of religion. That persevere in well doing amid all appears the same in the day of the perils to which their piety is prosperity, and in the day of ad- exposed. versity ; the same in the palace, The volume we are now rein the prison, and on the scaffold. commending is calculated to proHere it is manifest, that true re- mote humility. That such heights ligion is the same in different of knowledge and piety were atages. The greatest diversity in tained by these excellent women; the customs and manners, and in that they were so meek and lowthe civil and literary advantages ly in circumstances, which tendof different times makes no ed to nourish their pride ; so penchange in the essential features itent, where sin is commonly of true piety. It is pleasing and overlooked ; so strictly religedifying to observe in all the ious, where so many things encharacters here exhibited the couraged dissipation ; to same apprehension of God's glo- them so diligently using for God ry, and of the hateful nature of those talents and accomplishsin ; the same regard to the di- ments, which others devote to vine Redeemer; the same hu- the world, surpassing the commility, self-loathing, and depen- mon Christian as much in selfdence on divine grace ; the saine denial and heavenly mindedness,
as in the trials of their condition; rect, intelligible, and adapted to all this reproves our low attain the subject. There is an ob ments, and should fill us with servable sameness in many exemotions of humble penitence. tracts from the private diaries of
But while it humbles, it en. these worthy characters ; but the courages to pious resolution and sameness is not irksome to those, diligence. How can we despond, who love the amiable exercises or indulge in sloth, when we see of vital religion. that moral excellence is attainable, and that the most arduous duties are practicable? In the diaries of these pious women, the Familiar Letters to the Rev; Christian has the peculiar advan- John SHERMAN, once pastor of tage of observing their most pri- a church in Mansfield, in parvate reflections, and looking into ticular reference to his late their very hearts. Thus he finds Anti-Trinitarian treastise. By that the spiritual trials, the in- DANIEL Dow, pastor of a ward struggles, the awful cor- church in Thompson, Connecruptions of heart, which often ticut. distress, and sometimes discour. It is very satisfactory to enage him, have been the common lightened Christians to know, lot of the saints. He learns that that evidences multiply in fathe excellent of the earth, those vour of revelation, as the sciwho have overcome the world ences are improved, and human and obtained a crown of glory, knowledge extended. Every have experienced the very things, traveller, who visits the rocks of which now clog his devotion, in. Tyre, the cottages of Egypt, the terrupt his joy, and overcast his plains of Babylon, or the hills of spiritual prospect. In this way Jerusalem, " trodden down of the he is led to admire the abound. Gentiles," relates those facts, ing grace of God, and is enliven- which establish the divine aued in the work of religion, thority of ancient prophecies.
Finally, these memoirs show Improvements made in the anus, how tranquil, how victorious cient languages have also the the death of those, who live piously, same happy effects. and die in the Lord ; and so im. Men of unscriptural opinions press our minds with the desira- observing these things, endeav, bleness, as well as the solemnity our to pervert the same means of the time, when the believer to support their peculiar tenets, will rest from his labour, and re- and favourite speculations.
Their ceive the endless rewards of re. Lexicons, Hebrew, and Greek, deeming grace,
have new meanings; their Bi: This is a brief display of the bles must be tortured with new advantages, which the serious, translations, and forced to teach devout reader may derive from new doctrines. That the Uni, the memoirs of these eminently tarian may quote Scripture with pious women. Such are the tolerable consistency, some pas, leading considerations, which re- sages must be altered, some en. commend the volume to public larged ; others must be shorten: rotice. The style is easy, cor- ed, and others entirely erased